Various Artists

Ham Hocks and Cornbread

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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason

With 118 tracks spread over four jam-packed CDs, the budget-priced Ham Hocks and Cornbread is yet another inexpensive but worthwhile compilation from the reissue label JSP. Subtitled "The pounding, pulsating roots of rock & roll," this set consists primarily of classic jump blues sides of the '40s and early '50s. Artists range from famous folk like Johnny Otis (represented by the rollicking big-band instrumental "Barrelhouse Stomp") and Memphis stalwart Rufus Thomas (performing "Gonna Bring My Baby Back" under the pseudonym Mr. Swing) to a wide variety of names known only to completists. Songs range from Duke Ellington sideman Johnny Hodges' suave "Castle Rock" to James Von Streeter's greasy blues honker "Chitlins," complete with corny shouted interjections from the band. Remastering, as always with JSP releases, is a bit spotty, with several tracks clearly taken from vinyl, but any concerns are limited by the rarity of these songs, along with the wallet-pleasing price. For the casual fan or interested newcomer, Ham Hocks and Cornbread is tough to beat.

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Hal Singer 02:58 Amazon
2
Rufus Thomas 02:27 Amazon
3
Roy Hawkins 02:35 Amazon
4
H-Bomb Ferguson 02:27 Amazon
5
Dickie G. Davis 02:39 Amazon
6
Percy Mayfield 02:39 Amazon
7
Sylvester Mike 02:38 Amazon
8
Roy Milton 02:17 Amazon
9
Fred Jackson 02:27 Amazon
10
Smiling Smokey Lynn 02:11 Amazon
11
Jo Jo Adams 02:57 Amazon
12
Big John Greer 02:39 Amazon
13
Zuzu Bollin 02:52 Amazon
14
Big Al Sears 02:46 Amazon
15
Jack McVea 02:51 Amazon
16
Gene Phillips 02:27 Amazon
17
Duke Henderson 02:37 Amazon
18
Calvin Boze 02:23 Amazon
19
Morris Lane 02:26 Amazon
20
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson 02:58 Amazon
21
Freddie Kohlman 02:35 Amazon
22
Felix Gross 02:39 Amazon
23
Paul Williams 02:35 Amazon
24
King Perry 02:42 Amazon
25
Johnny Hodges 02:49 Amazon
26
Sonny Parker 02:56 Amazon
27
Joe Turner 02:36 Amazon
28
Todd Rhodes 02:42 Amazon
29
Peppermint Harris 02:03 Amazon
30
James Von Streeter 02:51 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Jimmy Rushing 02:24 Amazon
2
Stomp Gordon 02:28 Amazon
3
Crown Prince Waterford 02:45 Amazon
4
Grant "Mr. Blues" Jones 02:27 Amazon
5
Maxwell Davis 02:36 Amazon
6
Little Maxie 02:37 Amazon
7 Hal Singer 02:57 Amazon
8
B.B. King 02:34 Amazon
9
James Von Streeter 02:37 Amazon
10
Bernie Hardison 02:37 Amazon
11
Tommy Douglas 02:33 Amazon
12
Tommy Ridgley 02:33 Amazon
13
Rudy Greene 02:43 Amazon
14
Charlie Singleton 02:23 Amazon
15
Lloyd Smith's Gut-Bucketeers 02:52 Amazon
16
J.T. Brown 02:39 Amazon
17
Little Richard 02:18 Amazon
18
Freddie Mitchell 02:58 Amazon
19
Tucker Coles 02:23 Amazon
20
Robert Tucker 02:54 Amazon
21
Earl Sumner Jackson 02:17 Amazon
22
Elmore Nixon 02:26 Amazon
23
Little Willie Jackson 02:49 Amazon
24
Herman Manzy 02:27 Amazon
25
Plas Johnson 02:41 Amazon
26
Hubert Robinson 02:46 Amazon
27
Jimmy Forrest 03:00 Amazon
28
Lester Williams 02:18 Amazon
29
Goree Carter 02:17 Amazon
30
Joe Houston 02:27 Amazon
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